Our Team

Dr Kailas Roberts

Dr Roberts is a medical specialist and expert in cognitive assessment, including evaluation and management of dementia. He is also the author of Mind Your Brain: The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia (UQP, 2020) and creator of BrainScan, a phone app that allows users to know and address their risk factors for poor brain health and dementia.

Dr Roberts has over fifteen years’ experience in assessing and treating dementia and has trained in medicine and psychiatry in both UK and Australia. He is fully and unconditionally accredited with AHPRA and is a member of the Royal Australian College of Psychiatry. He also holds a Certificate of Old Age Psychiatry.

He believes in holistic treatment and recognises how dementia may affect both the person with the condition and also those around them, including loved ones and carers. He has a compassionate and optimistic approach to care.

Dr Donna Spooner

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Donna is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with a strong interest in the assessment of dementia and other neurological conditions, as well as the design of interventions to assist.  As part of her detailed assessment of individuals' cognitive or "thinking" skills, she adopts a strengths-based approach to developing strategies to assist, capitalising on areas where the person remains to be functioning well.

She completed her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland in 2007 and has more than 20 years' experience in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology. She concurrently holds a senior Neuropsychology position at the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital (RBWH), where she has been employed since 2004. As part of her role there, she has provided neuropsychological services to the RBWH Memory Clinic and Neurology Department over many years. She has also worked across a range of private and other public settings, including both the Neurosciences Department and the Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Service at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne.

Donna is a registered psychologist with AHPRA and holds endorsements in Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. She is also a member of the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group and the Young Onset Dementia Special Interest Group. She holds the position of Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Queensland and has been involved for many years in the training of postgraduate Neuropsychology students.

As a result of her experience, Donna has an in-depth knowledge of the cognitive presentation of a wide range of dementias and neurological conditions. She is highly committed to the delivery of evidence-based practice and is known for her calm and approachable manner.

Dr Harriet Bodimeade

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Harriet is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with a particular interest in supporting the diagnosis and management of dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's disease. She also enjoys providing neuropsychological assessments and supports for patients presenting with neurological conditions more broadly, including multiple sclerosis, stroke, and epilepsy. Additionally, Harriet has a strong interest in supporting patients and their families to understand the recovery from acquired brain injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, stroke and other cerebrovascular events, brain tumours, and hypoxic-encephalopathy injuries. Harriet values collaborative partnership with patients and their families/ carers and works with patients to assist them in understanding and supporting their cognitive, emotional, and behavioural functioning to foster independence.

She completed a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland in 2012. Alongside her private practice work, she also holds a senior Neuropsychology position at the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital (RBWH) where she provides neuropsychological assessments and guidance within the Neurosciences Department. She has also provided diagnostic neuropsychological assessments through the RBWH Memory Clinic. Prior to this, she held a senior Neuropsychology role for 8 years at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in the Brain Injury and Rehabilitation Unit, the Queensland state-wide tertiary service for adult brain injury rehabilitation.

Harriet is a registered psychologist with AHPRA and holds endorsements in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), as well as a Fellow of both the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and College of Clinical Psychologists. She is also a member of the APS Rehabilitation Psychology Interest Group. She is an AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor and enjoys providing guidance and supervision for training neuropsychologists.

Dr Leander Mitchell

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Leander is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has been assessing adults and older adults for more than 10 years both in private practice, as well as hospital contexts. Her experience spans dementia diagnosis, intellectual impairment, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, as well as cognitive functioning after experiencing stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumour, and other such neurological conditions. She also has experience working with people living with dementia and their families to assist them as they embark on that journey.

Working within a strengths-based framework, Leander focuses on enabling & encouraging functioning at as high a level as possible in the individual's current context, therefore building on the individual's sense of self-efficacy and well-being. She achieves this through using a broad range of assessment measures aimed at identifying both areas of challenge, as well as strength. Her work in the reablement space at a national level underpins this area of her work.

Leander completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology - First Class Honours) at the University of Southern Queensland, followed by a Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology at The University of Queensland. Her research thesis for the DPsych was focused on working with people living with dementia, exploring ways of scaffolding changes in cognitive abilities. Leander subsequently completed a PhD, her thesis this time focused on wisdom in older adults.

Leander is registered with AHPRA, holding endorsement in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and a committee member of the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group. She also holds fellow membership of both the College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Her work also encompasses training the next generation of psychologists, being a board-approved supervisor with AHPRA.

Dr Madeline Farmer

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Madeline Farmer is a Clinical Psychologist, with a special interest in treating older adults and addressing the psychological issues that can accompany cognitive decline in old age. She is passionate about providing care to families and carers of older adults. Madeline believes in the importance of treating mental health issues in these areas, as it can substantially improve quality of life and one's adjustment to the changes in old age. She has completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Geropsychology at the University of Queensland, and has worked in clinical practice for the past 7 years. She is registered with AHPRA and is endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist.

Dr Jagannathan Alagarsamy

Dr Jagannathan Alagarsamy is a Psychiatrist, with special interests in assessment, evaluation and management of cognitive disorders. He has over fifteen years' experience in psychiatry. He completed his specialist psychiatric training from the UK and Australia. Dr Alagarsamy is accredited with AHPRA and holds a general adult psychiatry certificate. He also has experience working in the Dementia unit in the UK. 

Katie Packer

Physiotherapist & Dementia Care Navigator

Katie is an experienced physiotherapist and is passionate about supporting and assisting older adults and their families to navigate what can be a complex and sometimes confusing aged care system. She completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 2006 and has worked for the last 9 years as a Senior Physiotherapist and Assessor for the Metro South Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). This experience gives Katie an excellent understanding of My Aged Care as well as broader health and aged care systems.

Katie is skilled in Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and can assist with identifying your care needs and linking you with appropriate local services that match your priorities and goals. She also has a particular interest in dementia care and providing post-diagnostic support following a dementia diagnosis.

Katie has worked in a variety of roles across the continuum of care both in Australia and the UK (including working in hospitals, community health and aged care) with a particular focus on Geriatric Rehabilitation and case management. She has worked as a research assistant for the CSIRO eHealth Research Centre. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has also engaged Katie to deliver professional development courses to physiotherapists in both dementia care and aged care systems.

Associations and Memberships

  • Registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia - Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Gerontology National Group

    Melanie Matthews


    Melanie graduated her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours in 2010 from James Cook University in Townsville. She has worked in the community, hospital and Aged Care sectors in Australia and the UK. She has undertaken and presented research locally and internationally and in 2021 was published for her work in Lymphology - limb swelling in the heat and humidity following cancer intervention.

    Melanie is passionate about assisting her clients to participate in their community, and to empower their connections and supports. Melanie utilises music, games, sport, technology, memory prompts and story telling to engage clients in movement and physical activity. She has a special interest in Aquatic Physiotherapy. Melanie is able to provide pain management, functional assessment and gait analysis, falls prevention strategies, exercise and equipment recommendations. Melanie is available for appointments in the Your Brain in Mind Clinic or in your own home, workplace or community. Her dachshund Rammi is a keen Therapy Dog.

    Melanie also has an interest in accessible travel and has assisted clients in such things as sourcing suitable accommodation, activities and carers.

    • Registered with AHPRA
    • Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Gerontology National Group
    • Melanie is currently completing her Level 1 in Gerontology Physiotherapy through the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

    Catherine Van den Berg


    Since graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland in 2005, Catherine has served the community of Brisbane as a retail pharmacist. In 2019, wanting to improve patient health outcomes and apply her clinical knowledge, she became accredited with Australia's leading credentialing body of professional pharmacy services, the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy. Since then, she has collaborated with various GPs, delivering comprehensive medications reviews both in the aged care sector and residential homes. At Your Brain in Mind Clinic, Catherine will provide medication reviews in your home with a focus on identifying medications which may be worsening your dementia. Catherine is passionate in preventing medication-related harm and ensuring your medications are working optimally for you.

    Outside of work, she enjoys bushwalking, pilates and spending time with her young family.

    Natalie Geale

    Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist

    Natalie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist passionate about helping individuals living with dementia, their family and support staff. Natalie strives to improve Natalie takes a holistic approach to health care, working with individuals to create tailored plans which suit the lifestyle, preferences, and nutritional needs of her patient's. Natalie understands that change can be challenging and will help you to create sustainable dietary changes.

    Undertaking thorough nutritional assessments and working alongside an experienced team of health professionals, Natalie's hopes to improve the quality of life of all patients through food.

    Laura Stasinowsky

    Occupational Therapist (OT) & Dementia Consultant

    Laura is an occupational therapist and dementia consultant who is passionate about supporting people to live well with dementia. She has over 7 years of experience in the field of dementia, and she has also personally experienced the impact of dementia within her own family. Whether you are living with dementia yourself or are wanting to learn how to best care for a family member or friend who has dementia, Laura is interested in supporting you.

    Laura understands that every person and family is unique. Therefore, her services are tailored to your unique needs, goals, and circumstances. She believes in providing education, support, and guidance in a holistic and empowering way.

    Laura's services include (but are not limited to):

    • supporting you to understand what dementia is and what a diagnosis of dementia means for you and your family,
    • providing recommendations to increase or maintain safety, independence, and meaningful engagement in life,
    • providing equipment and home-modification advice,
    • helping you to manage stress (particularly stress related to a new diagnosis, shifting roles/responsibilities, changing health/abilities, etc.),
    • connecting you with other relevant community and home-based supports, and
    • assisting you to plan for the future.

    Laura believes in collaboratively working with you and walking alongside you, regardless of what stage of the journey you are at.

    Leah Dore

    Occupational Therapist (OT) & Aged Care Navigator

    Leah is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years’ experience working with clients in both hospital and community settings and has developed specialist skills in patient advocacy, aged care assessment and service navigation.

    Working for over 10 years with the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), Leah is highly experienced in wholistic, clinical assessment of older adults with complex care needs and can expertly signpost a care pathway for clients with dementia.

    With her personable and inclusive approach, Leah connects easily with clients and their support people, teasing out the key issues and mapping out a path forward.

    In her role as Aged Care Navigator with Your Brain in Mind, Leah provides education and consultancy to empower clients, and their support network to make informed decisions about:

    • How to optimise resources to maintain a client’s sense of independence and to better support, or prevent, strained care arrangements.
    • Choosing when and how to access aged care services in the context of assessment, eligibility, and funding.
    • When and how to take proactive steps to ensure existing, and future, care arrangements are sustainable and protect a client’s quality of life.

    She is a passionate advocate for better access to the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

    Leah is an accredited Occupational Therapist with AHPRA and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

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